Can Bulgaria combine the goal of climate neutrality with the need to ensure access to affordable energy for the population? Learn during an online debate with policy experts and civil society representatives. Ask questions during a Q&A session.
Zoom link: https://aubg-edu.zoom.us/j/89985207938
The full agenda of the event is available here.
In December 2019 the European Commission announced the
European Green Deal – a plan to transform Europe into the climate-neutral continent by 2050. The Deal is an ambitious package of measures that should enable European citizens and businesses to benefit from energy transition. The progressive greening of European economies is also at the heart of Next Generation EU – a resilient and inclusive growth agenda put forward by the Commission in response to the COVID 19- related economic downturn.
Already before the coronavirus outbreak, many Bulgarians struggled to cover their energy bills and could not adequately heat their homes – a condition known as energy poverty. It is therefore particularly important in the Bulgarian context to combine the ambitious climate and development goals with the need to ensure access to affordable energy for the population. How can these goals be reconciled? What EU and national-level actions should be taken to achieve them?
These questions will be addressed during an online debate organized by the American University in Bulgaria (AUBG). Individual presentations and a roundtable discussion, as well as a Q&A session with the audience will highlight the interconnections between the environmental and social aspects of energy transition. Different stakeholders will present their standpoints and, with active involvement of the audience, will jointly discuss possible policy solutions.
The conference is financially supported by the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union.